Boys Varsity XC Breakthrough Season

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PCA’s Varsity Boys’ Cross Country team have just completed finished their strongest season in school history. The highlight of the season was the NHIAA Division 3 Championships held in Manchester on October 28th against 33 Division 3 and 4 schools. The PCA Eagles placed 2nd of all Division 4 schools at this meet (14th of 33 overall). This represents the highest finish since 2000, when they began competing in this league of much larger schools.  This feat was made possible by the seven hard working runners who ended their season with Personal Best or Course Best times. Not only was the 2nd place finish among Division 4 schools a breakthrough, the team also ran their fastest team time in history.

Leading the team was Tommy Longo, who is a dual sport athlete competing in both varsity soccer and cross country. He was also the winner of the PCA Homecoming race held on October 12 where the PCA Boys won a four way meet with Newmarket, Epping, and Raymond. In finishing order, Tommy is usually followed by Jack Longo (his brother) or Ben Lovern (another dual sport athlete) and Zach Hartman. The boys team is made up of 10 athletes (with Jack Longo & David Williams serving as the boy’s team co-captains).

The complete roster is:

Name/Grade

Abraham, Ben9
Hartman, Zach9
Johnson, Jeremy10
Leung, Benson11
Longo, Jack9
Longo, Tommy11
Lovern, Ben10
Stevens, Joe9
Wakeman, Nick10
Williams, Dave12

One interesting fact when looking at the roster is that only one runner is graduating this year. Consequently, nearly the entire team will be returning for next year’s Cross Country season. There are high hopes of another breakthrough season again next year.

Submitted by Coach Mike Shevenell